Festive fruit & nut slices

Serves 8-10

These slices are packed with delicious dried fruit and nuts, and are gluten- and dairy-free. Dried fruit is relatively high in natural sugars, and so this is definitely a sweet treat, but with all the additional nutritional benefits of the fruit and nuts it’s one to enjoy and savour over the Christmas period!

Healthy Food

Ingredients

275g dried fruit (apricots – halved, raisins, sultanas, cranberries, pitted prunes and dates)
60 g brazil nuts, halved
60g pecans
50g ground almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
2 medium eggs
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

Preheat the oven to 150˚C, 130˚C fan, gas mark 2.

Mix together the dried fruit, nuts, ground almonds, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey and vanilla essence and add to the fruit and nut mixture.

Line a 2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper, pour in the fruit and nut mixture and press down firmly.

Bake for 1 ½ hours, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

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